For this week’s task, you first will reflect upon the area of psychology for which you plan to focus your graduate studies with an eye toward what you envision your capstone will cover.
I plan to specialize in Forensic Psychology, focus on topic areas that relate to this specialization. Forensic Psychology is the application of scientific, technical, or specialized psychological knowledge to the justice system that includes both criminal and civil matters. Because the application is more about the services provided versus the sub-areas of psychology, consider topics related to the correctional environment, offender and victim characteristics, theories of aggression, psychological evaluation and treatment of offenders. My topic area is criminal profiling.
Your task will be to determine three possible research topics that could be examined inthe master’s capstone.
“Not only will these topics serve as the basis for this course’s assignments, but by looking ahead, you also will be able to identify and store research from future classes related to your eventual capstone.”
“Prepare a brief statement describing each of your topics. Next, you will identify a peer-reviewed research article for each of your three possible topics.
locate 3 peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss original research studies. Choose 3 total articles – 1 to address each of the three possible topics you have selected. You will need to locate a total of three articles at this point, one for each possible research topic.”
Once you have located your three articles, you will then identify the researcher(s)’ hypothesis. Remember that the hypothesis may not be clearly stated – you may have to infer from the information provided in the Introduction what the authors predicted their study results would show.
Your final task will be to propose your own research question and hypothesis for each of your selected research topics.
Submit the work you have completed for this assignment in one document that includes the following:
A brief description of your three potential research topics A list of hypotheses identified from 3 peer-reviewed research articles. Be sure to submit a link to or a copy of each article to your instructor, along with your paper. 3 potential research questions and related hypotheses. Include 1 research question and 1 corresponding hypothesis for each topic area.
Length: 2-3 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.